Quotations for Motivation #38 --- Self-Control

Quotations on Self-Control

The man who controls himself is the greatest general on earth.

—Otis E. Carter, Austin Daily Statesman, Austin, Texas, Aug. 14, 1905.

Self-conquest is the secret of all great courage.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill , July 4, 1909.

The best thing you can exercise is restraint.

—Bill Copeland, Sarasota Journal, Sarasota, Fla., March 10, 1970.

The great victory is the victory over self, that victory which we call self-control.

—L.A. Coulter, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, March 20, 1911.

Self-control in trifles trains in self-control in crises.

—William T. Ellis, Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho, Dec. 2, 1917.

Man, boy, girl or woman, to succeed, must get self-mastery and at the bottom of self-control is a willingness to meet difficulties and solve them.

—Frank Francis, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, July 11, 1924.

The pathway to power is by a street called self-government.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., May 29, 1933.

Self-mastery is the greatest contest ever achieved on the field of human endeavor.

—D.M. West, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, July 11, 1912.

Failure and disappointment reveal to us the incompleteness of our work, they compel us to consider why we failed and spur us to success. They expose our relaxation in self-control. We shall continue incomplete as to our best hopes till we are more complete in our work; we shall not control our destiny satisfactorily till we control ourselves more constantly: we shall not achieve success in character building till we know the conditions of success.

—W.F. Whitmarsh, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 2, 1900.

Sensitive, high-strung nature is another name usually for lack of self-control.

—Ella Wheeler Wilcox, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 24, 1900.

Will means self-direction and self-control. The greatest power that a human being can have is to carry out his purposes. It is one thing to take stock of one's energies and abilities, and it is quite another to direct and control them. To set oneself to work just where one's abilities will tell best; to direct one's energies sensibly and wisely, and then to control one's energies–all this is a matter of will power.

—Louise Collier Willcox, Delineator, New York, N.Y., August 1915.

Government should begin with the individual governing himself. Self-governing, or governing one's self, is the hardest, most difficult government in the world. If we could succeed in governing ourselves; if we could ever arrive at the point of subduing ourselves and mastering our evil inclinations, hatreds, envies and jealousies, we might be in a better state of mind to dictate to our representatives as to what they should do and what we want them to do. We should be in better grace to analyze intelligently the problems of the day and arrive at a sensible, practicable conclusion. We should not jump at conclusions; we should inform ourselves. The hardest of all human government is the governing of ourselves by a will born of honesty, integrity and fair dealing to everybody. The best citizen in the community is the one who bases his daily life on this: "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them."

—Emmett J. Lee, The Gazette, Farmerville, La., Jan. 3, 1946.

Man's greatest handicap is not often what he thinks it is. Taking stock of your own circumstances, you doubtless may point to physical handicaps or certain unfortunate occurrences, and conclude that one thing or another of this sort is your chief handicap. Usually our real handicap is the control which our instincts and emotions have over our lives. Our handicap lies in the failure of the mind--the failure of thinking and judgment to control action. Little by little, as the centuries go on, man brings the mind up to the capacity for control. In that way he eliminates his only real handicap.

—Grove H. Patterson, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., July 4, 1930.

Until we become master of our thoughts we have achieved no real self-control. The victim of mere reverie--unrelated, uncontrolled thinking--is a say way. It is not easy to learn to control thought, but it is absolutely fundamental if we are to live orderly, controlled, moderate lives. We can begin to do it in a small way and learn to do it in larger ways. Finally we become master of our thoughts and hence master of our lives. Even when he seems to be the victim of circumstances over which he has no sway a man may be master of himself; he shows it by the manner of his adjustment to his circumstances. We are given judgment in order that we may choose what circumstances to destroy and what ones to meet in the spirit of sensible adjustment.

—Grove H. Patterson, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., May 28, 1931.

Self-control is the best gear shift.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 5, 1925.

There are times when we are more forcibly than ever impressed with the fact that self-control is really the primal step toward any marked achievement because until we are able to control self we are utterly unfitted to cope with the problems life offers to us. It is a pitiful sight, and a real disappointment always, to meet grown men and women who have failed to learn this most important lesson, as the lack of self-control so loudly bespeaks weakness--the sort of weakness which tends to create many of our worries and heartaches. We have never seen a man, woman or child lacking self-control who could lay any genuine claim to happiness, for discontent, remorse, worry and disappointment seem to go trooping along hand in hand with those whose tempers, desires and moods know no restraint. No one ever reaches the shining goal of success till many obstacles have been overcome, for the road which leads there is never an easy path of roses and smiling skies. It is generally a difficult way over which the ambitious ones must fight their way step by step. To be able to conquer others and to fight the grim fight along the road to success one must necessarily first conquer self. It is absolutely essential. And no one is so great a conqueror or so truly big as the man or woman who has conquered self. Early in life those whose tender care and solicitude mold our future should exert every effort toward teaching us self-control. It is a kindness the fruition of which comes to us as we journey along life's rugged highway. It is a lesson so difficult and yet of such paramount importance that it should be begun at the very beginning of our life's journey.

—Harriot Russell, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, Nov. 3, 1915.

One of the best aids to effective work is calmness. The man who lets himself become excited and unruffled over the little annoyances of business forfeits a measure of his actual business capacity. The master of the situation is always calm. To be irritated and upset is virtually to admit that you are not master of the situation, that you do not know just what to do next, and that you are experimenting instead of doing what you are reasonably sure of. Such a state of mind is disorganizing to one's faculties, and quickly communicates itself to the workers one may be supposed to direct. It is not always easy to know how to be calm. It is one thing to say, "Be calm," and another thing to be calm. But this is certain: a lack of calmness is the fault of the individual rather than of the conditions which upset him. To admit this fact is the first step toward attaining calmness. The man who lets himself become ruffled or out of humor because of interruptions, press of business matters, crises demanding immediate attention, or because someone else makes a show of temper, is simply failing to assert his normal mastery over these things. He is like the wrestler who doesn't half try to resist his opponent. One of the best aids to calmness is a resolution that you will not get excited over anything. If a mere caution from another calms us, how much more a good resolution.

—Waldo Pondray Warren, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Oct. 1, 1907.

Self-control denotes the wise man; lack of it marks a man as a madman or--a robot. And self-control does not merely mean being possessed of the initiative to start certain things. It means, also, the power to stop certain things that might be dangerous to our own welfare or to the welfare of others. A motor car that could only go, and go forward, that had no reverse gear, that had no brakes, that could not stop after once being started, would be a useless piece of machinery on which to depend for transportation. A man should not only consider whether he has the ability to go forward, but he also should debate with himself his power to go into reverse when occasion requires, to stop himself when necessity demands a stop.

—Fred A. Barrow, Specialty Salesman Magazine, Atlanta, Ga., October 1930.

Self-control. Without the ability to give orderly direction to our lives--without the right thought habits--to restrain our excesses, to reserve our best efforts until we are best trained to exact the minimum results from them, we are doomed to strive futily against the swift currents of life. Without self-control to give us escape from the pitfalls of indulgence self-respect is unreachable. And without self-control, which gives us the patience and the courage to spend years at the fountain of knowledge, knowledge is unattainable.

—Jack Barry, Specialty Salesman Magazine, Atlanta, Ga., February 1939.

Self-control. This very important ability enhances the value of personality. It frees you from the danger of remorse–the wasted time of self-reproach. Evidence of the lack of it is seen in every jail throughout the world. It is as important to the brain as is physical equilibrium to a tightrope walker.

—Carlysle H. Holcomb, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, March 10, 1953.

The cultivation of self-control is largely a matter of controlling the direction of our attention.

—Fenwicke L. Holmes, The Twenty Secrets of Success, New York, N.Y., 1927.

Composure is made up of patience, forbearance, good judgment and self-control. All of these superior qualities are matters of cultivation. By careful effort they can be developed and increased to a large degree beyond expectation. Composure is not a natural endowment. There are those whose temperament is such as to conceal agitation, haste and impatience, but merely, "to hold the lid on," is not to possess the mystery of self and occasion will often show that the phylmatic is a stranger to the gifts of calmness and deliberateness. Such people are often "stirred up" and then the hot lava pours forth from the concealed crater of an awful volcano. Temper is the test of composure. If nothing ever came to try the character the life might lie in the sunshine like the lake within the sheltered bower. It is the character that is tossed by the win, hurled by the storm and pelted by the hail that discloses its true inward composition. Composure of mind and corresponding deliberateness of action enable one to take account of his situation and to measure possibilities and probabilities, thereby reaching the best conclusions and providing the best course of procedure.

—F.C. McConnell, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 5, 1920.

Self-determination is a much safer tonic when mixed with equal parts of self-control.

Billings Gazette, Billings, Mont., Aug. 11, 1924.

The best kind of courage is the power of self-control.

Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas, May 17, 1900.

Self-mastery [is] developing restraint and reflection; thinking with logicality and clarity; knowing what to say and do, and when.

Pittsburgh Courier, Pittsburgh, Pa., May 27, 1939.

For more quotations on Self-Control, see the following Hubs: Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #31 and Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #37

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